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Poster: billydlions Date: May 9, 2009 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best JGB Years.

Anything between Nov '79 through August '84 you really cant go wrong. Some of the best months are as follows:

Feb 1980
Feb 1981
Nov 1981 (really hot shows)
June 1982
May 1983
November 1983
August 1984

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Poster: staggerleib Date: May 11, 2009 6:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best JGB Years.

Couldn't agree more on the August 84 shows.

There's a wonderful Caldwell College show from the 11th, with a simply awesome Cats under the Stars, and The Simple Twist of Fate>Run for the Roses is something to drool over.

I have always loved the JGB versions of Dear Prudence. In my mind, there has never been another Beatles cover done by the Dead or by Jerry that more BECAME a Jerry song as this.

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Poster: mid-maine Date: May 9, 2009 9:04am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best JGB Years.

while i like the pumped up 89-91 runs as much as anyone, there is nothing like a '76 show with keith and donna. etree had some great motb audiences not too long ago, seattle in particular. jerry pulls off a "moonlight mile" that rivals the 'sticky fingers' version (something that the stones could only really pull off in the studio). the nicky hopkins '75-'76 jerry shows are a bit snoozy for me, but seriously, that 76 keith and donna line-up rocks. of course, there's the 'don't let go' release, but i prefer the shows from the keystone (i think). 7-8-76 is a slow-burning wildfire. the "after midnight" is ridiculous, and "don't let go" plus "who was john?' are mystical.

if it's really hopped up your looking for, the winter/spring 1980 tour can't be beat (for that aspect). the "after midnight-> elanor rigby-> after midnight" jams are splendiferous. the capitol theater from march is one of my favorite wnew recordings ever, featuring my favorite version of "catfish john," even if ozzie allers gets a little too synthie.

by 1984, jgb had a pattern down that they really didn't deviate from much. for my money, hands down the best jerry shows of the 90s were with grisman.

everyone has their taste, but that's my 2 cents.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: May 9, 2009 9:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Best JGB Years.

I agree with mid-maine. Also check out 7/20/76 for a killer "Stir It Up" and many more...